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My Uncle Emily by Jane Yolen
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May 14, 12

Read in May, 2012

Teton Co Call No: J Picture Yolen J
Julia's rating: 4 stars

I've been discovering some wonderful picture books featuring renowned poets lately. Such fun! This one - featuring Emily Dickinson as "Uncle Emily" - is a charming story with equally charming illustrations by Nancy Carpenter. The main character, a six-year-old Gib, enjoys a special relationship with his aunt, the poet. The narrative involves his interactions with a bully at school and his challenge to tell the story of what happened - how he got that limp - when he gets home to his family. Two of Dickinson's poems are featured. This book, which is fairly mature in language, is lovely for its simple teachings, its drawings which evoke an earlier American time and its introduction to one of America's great poets.

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